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Bill to end ban on bilingual education hurts immigrant kids

A new bill passed by the California Legislature undermines all the gains made during the past two decades in educating children who start school without a full knowledge of the English language. The measure places a question on the November 2016 ballot that gives parents the choice to enroll their child in bilingual education.

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State school board battle over new Texas textbooks

Texas has not approved new history textbooks for school districts to purchase since 2002. But some of the books under consideration by the state school board are being described as propaganda that exaggerates the influence of Christian values while others are said to be full of liberal bias.

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Nevada’s school rating system needs toughening

Coming to terms with the poor performance of Nevada’s school system has been an education for policymakers, elected officials, business leaders and taxpayers alike. Although the state’s high school graduation rates and the value of high school diplomas rate among the nation’s worst overall, Nevada has many excellent schools with excellent teachers, leaders and education models.

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Long-term solution needed for small schools in Indiana

One of the state's smallest school corporations, Union School Corp., needs to think big if it's to act in the best interest of its students and taxpayers with only two to three years of funds left. The dilemma facing Union is, or will soon be, faced by other school corporations in Indiana. Union might be the first domino to fall but the course it charts will be watched closely.

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Better critical thinking through philosophy

There is a deeper crisis in American education that cannot be solved by better curriculum or more demanding tests. More and more high school graduates lack fundamental critical thinking skills: Without explicit instruction they are unable to identify a problem, formulate a question and offer a solution.

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New York tax exemption may cost too much

It is rewarding to give a tax break to those who deserve it. It is not such an easy decision when giving that break means a higher tax rate for people who are already struggling to pay their bills. By allowing school districts to grant property tax exemptions to veterans, New York is essentially pitting taxpayers against each other and sticking school boards with making the call.

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Give children with food allergies access to emergency medicine at school

Current law requires a prescription for epinephrine use in schools. The problem with that approach, however, is that approximately 25 percent of all first-time allergic reactions happen at schools, meaning many students and their families have no idea that they are allergic or will need a prescription until it is likely too late.

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Research project shows value of school resource officers

A team at the Purdue Homeland Security Institute at Purdue University has been conducting research to find ways to improve public safety at secondary schools. Their research is looking at ways to slow down an active shooter, who may be targeting people at a secondary school. The data the team collected so far indicates having a school resource officer is valuable.

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Fighting the summer slump? More schools try year-round classes

It's mid-September, and most schools have barely begun classes, but students at Rosa Parks Elementary School are getting ready for vacation. Fall break for the Portland, Oregon, elementary school starts on Sept. 22 and runs for three weeks.

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In Utah, teachers can carry guns into school and not tell anyone

Carrying concealed weapons in public schools is a right protected by law for permit holders in Utah, and teachers who carry firearms are not required to inform school administrators of the existence of their weapons. 

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